Trump International Hotel, The Old Post Office, Washington, D.C. eyes redevelopment

Donald J. Trump, president and chairman of The Trump Organization, and Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump, EVP of development and acquisitions, unveiled details of Trump Hotel Collection's plans for its $200-million redevelopment of The Old Post Office, a Pennsylvania Avenue landmark. When completed, Trump International Hotel, Washington, D.C. is going to be brought back to its original grandeur.

The hotel’s design nods to America’s European heritage and its references to Romanesque elements, but from a uniquely American perspective. In the 18 months since Trump Hotel Collection was selected by the GSA as developer of the landmark, Donald and Ivanka Trump have been working alongside architectural firm Beyer Blinder Belle, interior design consultant Hirsch Bedner Associates, and historic advisor and preservation specialist John Cullinane & Associates to realize the design of Trump International Hotel, The Old Post Office, Washington, D.C.

According to Ivanka Trump, this building exemplifies American grandeur, and the design draws on the legacy and integrity of the landmark but it is executed in a modern way.

Hirsch Bedner Associates’ Betsy Hughes, who has been instrumental in designing the public areas, guestrooms and conference facilities, said that the interiors are inspired by the strength of the 1899 Richardsonian Romanesque Revival edifice, with its carved stone and detailing. The materials are more muscular than they would have been in France or England, so they juxtaposed the masculinity and stateliness of the building with softer furnishings.

Construction is scheduled to begin in Spring 2014 with an expected completion in late 2015. Trump International Hotel, The Old Post Office, Washington, D.C. will pursue LEED green building certification, which provides the framework for building and operating sustainable hotels.

The Trump Hotel Collection will reinstate the 11th Street pedestrian entrance on Pennsylvania Avenue, which has been closed to vehicular traffic, and will serve as the driveway to the hotel’s canopied grand entrance.

The new entrance to Trump International Hotel and The Grand Ballroom will be a new architectural composition at the end of the reinstated 11th Street. Using materials such as backlit marble and limited mullion glass, the new entrance and canopy will complement the presence of the historic Old Post Office building. Without touching the historic building, the new steel and glass porte cochere cantilevers in both directions, creating a glass ceiling and welcoming entry.

Inside, the heart of the property will be The Cortile, a nine-story atrium that will function as the hotel’s gathering place, comprising the grand lobby and lounge. Sunlight will filter from above through a canopy of trees and illuminate this interior courtyard setting. The Cortile will be furnished in rich jewel tones – deep red, aubergine, sapphire and emerald – with gold accents and be finished with hand-woven area rugs, a water sculpture and brass and crystal chandeliers.

The ground level will also include restaurants and luxury retailers on the corners of Pennsylvania Avenue.

Broad, 15-foot-wide corridors with stone floors will ring the perimeter of the towering nine-story atrium, granting access to the 270 guestrooms and retaining the original wood doors, wainscoting and detailed wall paneling. The guestrooms will average more than 600 square feet, making them the largest in Washington, D.C., with 14-to-16-foot ceilings, soaring windows, existing millwork, and crystal sconces and chandeliers. The transitional design will feature a palette of Federal blues, creams and ivories, paired with gold and silver accents, and punctuated with deep red. The American design aesthetic will be expressed through the use of thick wool carpets, stone tops and polished wood furnishings. Mirror elements will reflect the rooms’ natural light. Five- and six-fixture bathrooms will feature six-foot tubs, wood vanities with marble tops, and brass hardware. A guestroom art program will tell the story of The Old Post Office.

 

In addition, two Presidential Suites will be located in the former offices of the Postmaster General. At more than 3,000 square feet each, the three-bedroom suites will be among the largest in the country. With 16-foot ceilings, and views of Pennsylvania Avenue and the National Mall, each suite will include original fireplaces, wood doors and moldings, and offer unique amenities such as separate dining room with pantry and service entry, his-and-her walk-in closets, private sauna and steam room, two-person shower and VIP direct-elevator access.

Trump International Hotel, The Old Post Office, Washington, D.C. will have a total of 39,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including the 13,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom, the largest among D.C. luxury hotels. The Grand Ballroom will have classical motifs with European influences, and be suited for a variety of meetings, conferences, weddings and social events. Visitors will be able to enter from the historic building through its entrance on 10th street and the main entry on 11th Street.

The historic Library will have 25-foot coffered ceiling, high arched windows, ornate columns, intricate millwork, hardwood floors, velvet draperies and hand-woven area rugs. Glass-front bookcases will line the walls, and leather club chairs and executive task chairs will also be featured. With an entry point off 12th Street, the 3,500-square-foot Library will serve as a junior ballroom, large boardroom or informal meeting space.

At the pinnacle of The Old Post Office building, the Clock Tower houses the official United States Bells of Congress, a bicentennial gift from England celebrating the end of the Revolutionary War. With its 360-degree view of the city, this National Park Service-run destination draws as many as 1,500 visitors each day. A dedicated entrance on the south side of the building through C Street will welcome visitors, and feature an Old Post Office museum, exhibition center and retail outlets.

Trump International Hotel, The Old Post Office, Washington, D.C. will also have a 4,000-square-foot Mar-a-Lago Spa by Ivanka Trump.

In February 2012, the Trump Hotel Collection was selected by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) as the developer of The Old Post Office.

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